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Five teams have had impermissible contact with players

Chad Henne AP

The league office has found that five NFL teams had impermissible contact with players since the season ended, Commissioner Roger Goodell said today.

Goodell, who did not name the teams, said in his address to the media at the league meeting that the league office is serious about pursuing violations of the rules against contact with players.

“We have pursued it. We are in contact with the teams and we are pursuing that, and I think five teams have already been contacted on those issues for violations,” Goodell said.

Goodell made his comments in response to a question about whether the Dolphins had violated those rules by having contact with quarterback Chad Henne, but he did not say whether the Dolphins were one of the five teams fined. Previous reports had suggested the Dolphins would not be sanctioned by the league office after Henne revealed that he had had contact with the coaching staff.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are the subject of an NFL investigation over improper player-coach contact.

UPDATE: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello clarified that the infractions occurred in January-February before the CBA expired.

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28 Responses to “Five teams have had impermissible contact with players”
  1. FinFan68 says: Mar 22, 2011 9:58 PM

    Henne needs all the help he can get, but if he did it again and got caught again, fine the crap out of Ross.

  2. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 22, 2011 10:01 PM

    I’ll tell you a team that should have permission to talk to its players. The Packers. Why can’t they just freaken let the team and the players design a darn ring. They truly deserve it, enjoy the moment, enjoy it any like other teams have after they won the superbowl. I know I’m a packers fan but I would truly feel the same way had it been another team. The team won the biggest game on stage at least make them feel like they just did.

  3. sportsjustice says: Mar 22, 2011 10:21 PM

    Jets, Dolphins, Lions, 49ers, Seahawks.

    Matt Walsh told me.

  4. dbellina says: Mar 22, 2011 10:23 PM

    I wonder if Big Ben has ever had impermissible contact with other players.

  5. Burritto says: Mar 22, 2011 10:24 PM

    I wish a truck would have impermissable contact with the NFL/NFLPA’s faces.

  6. wtfru2 says: Mar 22, 2011 10:26 PM

    p4ck3r5 ,

    I’m glad you clarified that you are a packer fan. Non of us would have ever guessed. Thanks for the unbiased comment…..

  7. Deb says: Mar 22, 2011 10:26 PM

    Yes, Darth Goodell, by all means … call out the Storm Troopers. Heaven forbid coaches and players interact! Why would the owners want that? It might mean their teams are ready to go when the season actually starts :roll:

    I hope the Steelers had impermissible contact. Knowing they defied these jackass rules would make my week, regardless of the punishment.

    And let the Packers get together to design their rings!

    This is all so petty.

  8. wtfru2 says: Mar 22, 2011 10:27 PM

    p4ck3r5 ,

    I’m glad you clarified that you are a packer fan. None of us would have ever guessed. Thanks for the unbiased comment :0)

  9. smith62477 says: Mar 22, 2011 10:33 PM

    If this was the Pats involved there would be 1000 comments. 500 blogs about this.

  10. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 22, 2011 10:54 PM

    dbellina says:
    Mar 22, 2011 10:23 PM
    I wonder if Big Ben has ever had impermissible contact with other players.
    ___________________

    I believe I recall Rashard Mendenhall having impermissable contact with Big Ben at the end of a playoff game.

  11. backuppunter says: Mar 22, 2011 11:01 PM

    the nfl is like the mafia.

  12. backuppunter says: Mar 22, 2011 11:03 PM

    just kidding, but it is pretty silly if you ask me.

  13. backuppunter says: Mar 22, 2011 11:05 PM

    oh wait, no one asked me.

  14. bluvayner says: Mar 22, 2011 11:05 PM

    Why would the league confirm that there are five teams involved, and not reveal who the teams are? You can bet that if Bill Belichick were involved, Goodell would takeout an ad on the front page of the New York Times.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Mar 22, 2011 11:10 PM

    Could of seen that coming. The other teams just haven’t got caught yet. No contact with the players during the lockout. Yeah, right.

  16. freedomispopular says: Mar 22, 2011 11:17 PM

    Only 5? Yeah, right.

  17. drgreenstreak says: Mar 22, 2011 11:49 PM

    Ya gotta watch that impermissible contact stuff.
    It’s don’t ask, don’t tell in the NFL!

  18. sportsjustice says: Mar 23, 2011 12:22 AM

    5. 5 dollar. 5 dollar footlong.

  19. CKL says: Mar 23, 2011 12:33 AM

    bluvayner says: Mar 22, 2011 11:05 PM

    Why would the league confirm that there are five teams involved, and not reveal who the teams are? You can bet that if Bill Belichick were involved, Goodell would takeout an ad on the front page of the New York Times.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    YEP.
    Makes me wish BB had gone to that breakfast and sneaked up behind Goodell and dumped a nice hot extra lumpy bowl of oatmeal down the back of his pants to make up for that disgusting and out of the blue trashing Goodell did to BB in SI.

  20. skleech22 says: Mar 23, 2011 2:15 AM

    Jim Nantz had impermissible CONTACT with TOM BRADY!!!!!

  21. david7590 says: Mar 23, 2011 5:13 AM

    Jets struck a new deal with Braylon Edwards during the lockout, so they have to be one of the five.

  22. billinva says: Mar 23, 2011 7:54 AM

    How the hell is it impermissible contact if the CBA hadn’t expired and no lockout had begun.

    Sounds pretty dumb to me.

  23. joepags says: Mar 23, 2011 8:09 AM

    im sure there have been more than 5 teams, prolly 80% of the teams have been talking about players and to players.

  24. lordofthepings says: Mar 23, 2011 9:05 AM

    So if teams or league personnel are not allowed contact with players after the lockout, for fear of repercussions, how can the Commissioner send letters to players after the date imposed and not face any repercussions? Seems like a double standard… or business as usual.

  25. PFTiswhatitis says: Mar 23, 2011 9:10 AM

    “the league office is serious about pursuing violations of the rules against contact with players.”

    Sure they are, just a little less seriously than tampering or the injury reports.

  26. bowsi says: Mar 23, 2011 9:10 AM

    Looks like this lockout scheme is starting to look more and more like a “sham”.
    Collusion YES, antintrust violiations ABSOLUTELY. The NFLPA* lawyers should be following up on this. The league can’t have it both ways.

  27. patstrustee says: Mar 23, 2011 9:49 AM

    Get it over with Goodell, just fine the Patriots a couple draft picks. And while your at it, award the Jets a couple picks just because they may not have been involved because, well, you know, they’re really great guys and do nothing wrong.

  28. mistrezzrachael says: Mar 23, 2011 11:18 AM

    Who cares? Not going to help any of them anyway…esp Henne

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